Successful employer event for construction

Successful employer event for construction

Tameside College held a successful pathway to construction event, with local employers in attendance.

The event was held to help secure work placements for construction students and apprentices, as well as solve a shortage of skills in bricklaying, carpentry and civil engineering. Employers who were welcomed to the college included some of the biggest names in the industry, including: Festool, Hitachi, Screwfix, McAlpine, Scruffs Workwear, Wavin, Vaillant and Jigtech.

Employers took part in a trade show, whilst students were set to task in various skills competitions which showcased students’ talent at the college.

Competition winners were rewarded with prizes, donated by employers, including £60 worth of workwear as well as trophies and certificates.

Level 1 Carpentry & Joinery – Shane Brown and Marcel Davies

Level 2 Site Carpentry – Michael Knowles

Level 2 Bench Joinery – John Jameson

Painting & Decorating – Mac Barlow

Bricklaying – Adam Goodwin

Jackie Moores, Principal of Tameside College, gave employers key information about why it is a good opportunity for them to support the scheme: “Events such as this today are reliant on employer support and I would like to thank the employers here today, for taking the time out of their schedules to support the event.
“With 224,000 specialist construction vacancies by 2020 it is important to do all we can working with our construction industry partners to support students with work placements and routes into apprenticeships. Together we can ensure students with professional skills progress into these future vacancies.”

Carl Tuckley from Festool, who attended the Pathway to construction event, said: “As a partner with Tameside College, Festool supports the college and their power tool needs. Events like this are beneficial to us as they allow us to demonstrate Festool products to workers of the future and allow us to meet other employers in the industry.”